The 44-year-old actress debuted a chic, chin-length bob on the red carpet at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday, and opened up to ET about what inspired the last-minute chop.
"We were going to do like, the usual bob and I was like, 'Let’s go shorter, Larry [Simms],'" Union told ET's Courtney Tezeno. "I'm like, 'Let's just go in, like, little bits,' and then it was like, a little more, a little more."
"If I would have sat in the chair a little bit longer, I don't know what would have shown up on the carpet, but I love this, I'm obsessed with this haircut," she revealed, "and it literally just happened like a few minutes ago!"
Union, who played host for the night's festivities, also reflected on the moving, honest 2013 speech she delivered after winning the Fierce and Flawless Award.
"When I first started putting pen to paper, I was, you know, putting out a bunch of clichés, a bunch of things you normally hear at award shows," Union explained. "AJ Johnson, she actually said, 'You know, we could use this moment to really move the room and move the needle in this room and inspire more people with your honesty and the work we've been doing.'"
"Post-divorce, my show just got canceled, I was literally at my lowest, and I clawed my way back up, not in Hollywood necessarily, but as a human being," Union added. "I just decided to be honest and transparent. I had hoped that people received it, and four years later, the honesty is spreading, which is beautiful to see."
Now happily married and with a hit show on BET, Union is definitely at the top of her game -- and she credits husband Dwyane Wade for getting her there.
"He motivates me," she gushed. "Like every day, I feel like I wake up and he's got a new deal on the table, so it makes me go, 'OK, let's keep working, let's keep striving.'"
"I married a guy almost 10 years younger than me, and I assumed I would be the teacher, and here I am the pupil learning and being motivated by his work ethic," she shared. "I work my butt off, but he… every day he gets up and delivers again and again and again, and for his age, in his industry, he's like a T-Rex basically."
"He inspires me. He inspires the kids," Union added. "So we just try to keep up with Dad."